How To Get Rid Of Silverfish
|Picture of Silverfish
To keep silverfish and firebrats away, keep basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms, especially shower stalls, clean and
dry. Plug or putty holes or spaces around pipes. Repair leaks and drips in plumbing. Clean out closets periodically. Collections
of magazines, papers, and books provide food for silverfish them. Occasionally, move books around in a bookcase. Keep foods
in containers with tight lids.
There are several kinds of commercially available products that control silverfish or firebrats: household sprays containing
various pyrethroids (such as bifenthrin, tetramethrin, phenothrin), dusts, boric acid powder, and foggers are labeled for
control of these insects.
Silverfish are small, soft insects without wings. The abdomen of a silverfish has three filaments extending
from it.Silverfish are not often seen by homeowners because they are a nocturnal bug and can run very swiftly. Occasionally, silverfish
are found in bathtubs. Silverfish crawl in seeking food or moisture and can't climb out. Silverfish prefer
vegetable matter with a high carbohydrate and protein content. However, indoors silverfish will feed on almost anything.
A partial list fo food of this bug includes dried beef, flour, starch, paper, gum, glue, cotton, linen, rayon, silk, sugar,
molds and breakfast cereals.
Silverfish and firebrats--Both silverfish and firebrats belong to the same insect order, Thysanura. They are also typically
placed in the same insect family. Depending on whom you consult, there may be as many as eight to 10 different species
of silverfish in North America and only one species of firebrat. Beyond that there are both insect similarities and differences
in their appearance and behavior.
At first glance, both silverfish and firebrats appear as a similar bug. On closer inspection, firebrats
tend to have longer antennae that often extend past the tip of the abdomen. Also, firebrats tend to be a mottled gray color
with patches of dark gray and lighter silver over the dorsal surface of the body. Silverfish tend to be uniformly gray or
silver in color, although there is at least one silverfish species with dark lines extending down the length of its back.
Subject: silver fish in house
How do you kill silver fish? Where do they come from? We had a ceiling to fall in due to an ice storm and every since
then we have been having problems with silver fish. What would work to keep them out of my closet. Thanks.
SUBJECT: Re: silverfish in house
Hi, thanks for your email.
Silver fish usually come from damp and moist areas such as a basement or your outside foundation. They may have come from
your ceiling when it fell in.You can kill them with silver fish traps.